Growing up in the JCC Camps

At a young age our lives revolved around what was happening at the St. Louis JCC. It didn’t matter if it was attending Camp Baer or Sports Camp during the summer or joining the basketball league or playing pool in the game room — we wanted to be at “The J.” We started attending Camp Sabra in 1988 (Mitch) and 1990 (Sean) and never looked back.

After our camper years ended, it was an easy decision to start working at camp so we could give the same experience to our campers that we got from our counselors. Those years as campers and then as staff molded us into the people we are today. Most importantly, it put us both on a path to become educators, and to eventually become full-time camp professionals. As camp directors for Pinemere Camp in Philadelphia and Camp Wise in Cleveland, we take pride in providing an exceptional Jewish experience to hundreds of campers and staff each summer that fosters individual growth, a sense of community, and a connection to their own Judaism.

Mitch and Sean Morgan, Executive Director, Pinemere Camp | Camp Director, Camp Wise | Pinemere Camp / Camp Wise, Mandel JCC of Cleveland

Mitch: Mitch is a dynamic leader and comes to Pinemere Camp with over 20 summers of Jewish overnight camp experience! Originally from St. Louis, MO, he is a graduate of the University of Missouri, Columbia (MIZZOU). Mitch grew up at Camp Sabra of the St. Louis JCC, where he rose to the position of Assistant Director, and was most recently Director of Camp Kingswood of the Boston JCC.

Sean: Since the fall 2008, Sean has been calling Camp Wise his home. He has been involved in Jewish overnight camping for over 20 years and has played a significant role in the growth and success of Camp Wise. His camping career started at Camp Sabra, the St. Louis JCC’s overnight camp.

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